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The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt

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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  1,299 ratings  ·  86 reviews
The sacred cat of Bubastes has accidentally been slain; now young Chebron must pay for the offense with his own life, as this is the law of the Pagans in Egypt, 1250 BC. Chebron, the son of a high Egyptian priest, flees for his life taking his sister Mysa, one of the household slaves Amuba and several companions with him. They escape through closely guarded Egyptian exits ...more
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published by Preston-Speed Publications (first published 1889)
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Best Egyptian Historical Fiction
76th out of 126 books — 250 voters
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Brett
It kind of killed me slowly.
Amanda
HALLELUJAH! I'M DONE WITH THIS BOOK FOREVER! WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS MY DELIGHT!

That is all.
Jane
Well, I enjoyed meeting Moses in this book, and ya just have to love Egypt.
Alicia Willis
Can I give this book ten stars? Amazing is the most appropriate word for it!

The intriguing plots will keep you guessing in this fabulous story of war, love, mystery, and victory! Follow the young Rebu prince Amuba from his captured homeland to slavery in Egypt. His life as the servant of the High Priest is full of lovely descriptions of Egyptian culture, exciting adventures, and coupled friendship and romance.

This book was very well-done. It was well-paced, but will still keep you on the edge o
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Alexis
These Henty historical novels keep coming up in my life. Most recently they were strongly recommended by a homeschooling mom whose taste in literature I truly trust. Happily this year the Easter Bunny brought us a few Henty novels. So far this book does not disappoint, and has inspired some independent historical research from my oldest son.

This evening we reached the half-way point in the Cat of Bubastes. The critical dramatic plot twist has occurred and now the protagonists must face their des
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Megan Franks
When Egypyians conquer the land of Rebu, the prince and the king's trusted advisor are taken as slaves. Fortunately, Amuba and Jethro are purchased by a kind and respectable man named Ameres, the high priest of Osiris. In Ameres' home, slaves are regarded as family and are not forced to adopt the religion and customs of Egypt. Amuba and Jethro regard Egyptians with respect and awe, for they are a very learned people. In fact, they hope to one day be able to return to their homeland and improve l ...more
dragonnesswarrior
Dec 27, 2007 dragonnesswarrior rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people that like good books
My mom read this book to me and my siblings when I was little and we didn't want her to put this down. We were literaly on the edge of our seats. This book is in around the time of Moses in the Bible, when he lived as a prince of Egypt. The main character is a prince of the Rebu people named Amuba, whose people have been conquered. He and his friend, Jethro are taken captive into Egypt and get taken by a kindly priest who treats them as sons. The sacred cat of Bubastes dies and a new cat has to ...more
Rachel
My most *favorite* Henty read! :D This book has everything, excitement, adventure, a godly perspective and storyline (putting aside idols, following God, etc. and some Bible characters are included), and a sweet friendly romance near the end. :) It delights all ages! I love this story - a young man in Egypt who accidentally kills one of the sacred cats which starts himself, a slave boy/former prince and his former slave man, off on an amazing journey for their lives! Along they way they discover ...more
Colleen Baker
This is an historical fiction adventure story, written for young readers in 1888, by British author George Alfred Henty. This is a unique glimpse into Egyptian culture during the time of Moses and the Captivity of Israel. Henty only lightly touches on Biblical history, concentrating more on Egyptian history, yet there is one scriptural theme used as the linch pin for the entire book: the One True God vs. the many gods, or Monotheism vs. idolatry. Though Henty's narrative style takes a little get ...more
Lisa
We loved this book. It is a great mix of historical information and fictional story. My kids loved it ages 12, 10, and 4 (yes the 4 year old followed most of the story). My daughter wasn't as keen with the description of the process of mummification but the boys loved everything. History, murder, action all in a kids story. It even kept my attention! Now to find more G A Henty!
jOsEpHiNe
Mar 28, 2008 jOsEpHiNe rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fiction/Historical Fiction readers
So far I've only put up books that are very good (because they're at the top of my head). However, this is by far one of the best books I've read in my life.

Historical fiction at its finest. A close multi-generational story of one culture forced to adapt to a another. The event sequences flow very well, cliffhangers, and it exceeds what you'd look for in a good book.
Anna
I was surprised how much I enjoyed listening to the audiobook version of "The Cat of Bubastes." While it got a bit of a slow start, and I wondered for the first half of the book when the "Cat" was going to come into the story, I found myself learning a lot about ancient Egypt in a pleasant way. I even went searching for maps and histories each evening following the chapter of the day, and Googling illustrations so I could see what things might have looked like.

Henty is called "The boys' historia
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Jami
Great adventure along with high morals and wonderful English. The history and culture that one learns while reading the enticing story is perfect for young and old alike.
Marklessgirl
I LOVED this book. It just got better and better as it went on!!!!
Craigandbarbara
I have finished reading this to my 14, 12 and 7 year old children.
Kendra Fletcher
History Year One
Anna
This is a book that is hard to get into, but once you do you cannot put it down! G.A. Henty is n excellent author, creating the perfect mixture of educational facts and fictional characters.

The Rebu people lose a battle to the Egyptians, and their prince and several others are taken as prisoners back to Egypt. Upon getting there, Prince Amuba and his friend and counselor Jethro are given to the High Priest of Osiris, Ameres. Expecting a life of toil and work, their new owner gives them the exac
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Anna
The beginning of this book tells how G.A. Henty's writing journey began, telling his kids stories. And that is exactly what it is, and a very good one at that.
This would be more than perfect for a read aloud for grades 5+. There is no sexual content, no profanity, no drugs, and minimal violence that is no big deal compared to what kids are exposed to nowadays. It also has a happy ending, but not in a cheesy way.
This book is not inspiring, but a simple story of how the death of a king and a cat b
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Mahmoud Hussain
رحلة العائلة من بلاد المصريين الي بلاد الريباس
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منذ أكثر من 3000 سنه هاجم جيش المصريين الريباس (جنوب غرب بحر قزوين), وقد أنتصر عليهم المصريين بقيادة تحتمس الثالث
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اخذ المصريين من الريباس عبيدا منهم ابن ملك الريباس (أموبا) و حيثيرو راعي أموبا و حاميه
أصبح من حسن حظ أموبا و حيثيرو انهم اصبحوا عبيدا عند الكاهن الاكبر
كان الكاهن الاكبر مؤمنا بأ
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Becca brown
Amuba, the prince of a small nation known among its own people as Rebu unexpectedly finds himself a servant in an Egyptian priest’s home. He makes friends with the man’s son whose name is Chebron. But when Chebron accidently kills the sacred cat of Bubastes, both their lives are in danger. The cat’s death is a terrible loss to the people and the penalty for such a crime is death. After this point in the book things start moving quicker as these 3 young men (Amuba’s friend and protector Jethro jo ...more
Purity
Mar 29, 2014 Purity rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teenagers, Adults
Some parts in this book were difficult to read through, particularly the battles scenes (G.A. Henty was very detailed in the movements on the battlefield), but other than that this is an excellent book! I thoroughly enjoyed it and wouldn't mind owning of copy of it myself. Set in Egypt this book will prove to be particularly fascinating for the Egyptian lover as well as anyone who is interested in learning more about this culture.
Sara
What a delightful little adventure tale! Being predisposed to like Egyptian stories, I was particularly satisfied with this journey through religions, battles, cultures and murder intrigue. Quite family friendly, exciting, relatable and well done historically, this was a treat to read (and a delight to listen to the Jim Weiss unabridged audio) and share with my little scholar. Fascinating details about Egyptian burial, illuminating insights about the motives and moral code of Egyptian culture an ...more
Kim
The first Henty book I've read and I was thoroughly disappointed. I've always seen Henty's books suggested for boys who love action and adventure. I felt those two things were sorely lacking in this book. I see how this may appeal to a boy who is not into fantasy and such, but for me it was just a so-so read with an ending that lacked detail and was too rushed.
Cee
A great living book for elementary children. No question why Charlotte Mason followers include this in their reading lists. Point taken about how there are too many seemingly unimportant interjections on religion, history, government, etc. But these are also the very same things that provide a perfect kickboard for an indepth discussion/study of the said topics.

If I were an elementary student, I would appreciate how everything was tied up neatly at the end. With a story that begins with a graphi
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Ellen
I enjoyed reading The Cat of Bubastes. Set in ancient Egypt, it chronicles the life of a captured prince of the Rebu people Amuba. He and his military commander Jethro land in an Egyptian's priest's home as servants. After learning the language and the customs (some of which they don't understand), they become protectors of the priest's children.

After Chebron, the priest's son, accidentally kills of a cat--- punishable by death---Amuba and Jethro hide him until they can safely take him out of E
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Katherine Griessmann
I love this author. This is my favorite book by him. If you like historical fiction that was written in the 1800s then this is for you. Some people might find it hard to get through as the language in it is not like modern books.
Pato
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Abigail
This book was one of the first I read by G.A.Henty. I found this one very interesting and after reading it I actually started reading many others by this author. Amazing book if you like historical fiction!
Amy
Dec 11, 2014 Amy added it
Shelves: kids, listened-to
I can't honestly rate this one, it was really hard for me to follow the storyline, since we were listening to it while driving. the kids enjoyed it though.
Kayla
Jun 20, 2012 Kayla rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: boys/girls that like boyish things
This was a pretty good book. I learned a lot about Egypt and their religion, and the book had a good story line. Although I had to make myself get into it at the beginning, it got more interesting as it went along and everything kind of tied together at the end. I also liked how it took place in the time of Moses when he lived in the Pharoah's palace in Egypt, and the book mentioned several other Bible people and places. Good book, though I think I would recommend it more for boys because of all ...more
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George Alfred Henty began his storytelling career with his own children. After dinner, he would spend and hour or two in telling them a story that would continue the next day. Some stories took weeks! A friend was present one day and watched the spell-bound reaction of his children suggesting Henty write down his stories so others could enjoy them. He did. Henty wrote approximately 144 books in ad ...more
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